CCS Logistics

Protecting The Environment

Companies globally are challenged to balance competing demands of its various stakeholders with sustainable business practices. Refrigerated Warehousing and Logistics, in particular blast freezing, presents a challenge as electricity is one of the biggest expense items and also the largest single contributor to CO² Emissions. It should therefore not be a surprise that energy efficiency has been a major priority for the teams responsible for Safety, Health, Environment and Maintenance (SHEM) at CCS Logistics’ various branches over the past number of years and that it remains high on the agenda. The executive and teams are committed to researching and implementing sustainable operating practices.

Initiatives implemented successfully to date:

  • Replacing traditional 1000 Watt quartz lamps with 250 Watt mercury vapour and 150 Watt energy saving LED lamps inside cold rooms and in Handling areas;
  • Replacing light fittings in offices with newer generation units;
  • Upgrading the specification of cold room walls and ceilings in new construction to material with improved thermal conductivity;
  • Solar panels to provide power to operation of loading bay doors and dock levelers;
  • Heat exchanger using excess heat from refrigeration plant to provide under-floor heating for cold rooms;
  • Introduction of variable speed drive motors and “soft starters” in conjunction with upgrade of compressor control panels;
  • Catching, storing and re-cycling water used by condensers.

Ongoing and new initiatives being explored:

  • Introduction of variable speed drive motors and “soft starters” in conjunction with upgrade of compressor control panels;
  • Strict adherence to Risk and Environmental Management systems with external auditing to ensure high level of compliance and extraction of efficiencies;
  • Upgrade of Energy Management systems to new generation to improve controls and energy efficiency of plant at all branches;
  • Introduction of Solar (PV) solution for generation of renewable energy to operate refrigeration plant and equipment where economically viable;
  • Investigation into the use of sea water in the condensing process for quay-side operations.

In support of the efforts of its Shareholder, the Oceana Group, in the area of Environmental Management, CCS is committed to reducing its impact on the environment over time.